HURLFORD UTD 2
RENFREW hot-shot Willie Sawyers bagged his fifth hat-trick of the season before being tipped to take the senior game by storm.
The striker has been in sensational form this term, blasting home 29 goals in just 21 games.
His latest treble against Hurlford helped move Renfrew back into title contention as they climbed to fifth spot, 11 points behind leaders Kilsyth.
But, crucially, the Western Parkers still have two games in hand.
Now co-boss Martin Ferry – who shares dug-out duties with Colin Clark – has revealed the former Clyde hitman could soon be on his way back to the senior game.
Stranraer are keen to snap up the 25-year-old and could swoop in the summer and Ferry has insisted he will not stand in the frontman’s way.
Ferry said: “All I can say about Willie is that everyone wants him – but, thankfully, he’s happy where he is!
“He wants to stay for the rest of the season – he loves it here.
“Not only is he a terrific player, he’s a good lad as well.
“He has already had all sorts of offers from the junior game and, from the seniors, Stranraer are sniffing about as well.
“What is clear is that he is too good for this level and he deserves another shot at the seniors.”
Sawyers completed his treble with three headers, first nodding home on 26 minutes following Scott Upton’s centre.
Hurlford levelled through David Cunningham’s close-range prod before two identical goals from Sawyers put the home side back in control.
First on 50 minutes, Alan Prentice swung over an inswinging corner for the red-hot striker to head home from inside the six-yard box.
And then seven minutes later, Hurlford failed to learn their lesson and allowed Sawyers to net again in the very same fashion.
But Jamie Wilson’s quick-fire strike closed the gap again until Chris Zok sealed the win for Renfrew just after the hour mark with a low shot across United keeper David Markey.
It was a result which left Ferry beaming.
He said: “Anton Smith missed the game and Graeme Mort filled in for him at centre-half and was outstanding, as were the rest of them.
“It was a brilliant performance and moves us up the table a bit, so things are looking positive.”